SSHRC Partnership Grants

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SSHRC Partnership Grants (PG) provide support to new or existing partnerships for initiatives that advance research, research training, and/or knowledge mobilization in the social sciences and humanities.

Partnership Grants are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight and/or the Connection programs. Partnership Grant proposals exclusively for partnered research training initiatives, however, are expected to respond primarily to the objectives of the SSHRC Talent program.

Application Process

Partnership Grants follow a two-stage application process. Applicants who are successful in Stage 1 (grants up to $20,000; due February 10) will be invited to apply to Stage 2, to access funding up to $2.5 million over 4 to 7 years. Results for Stage 1 are communicated in June of the application year, and the stage 2 deadline falls in late October. Stage 2 applicants are then given an opportunity to respond to expert panel feedback early in the next year (January or February), with results coming out in April. 

For both stages, letters of support are required from partners, along with a host letter from the UBC Vice-President, Research and Innovation. SPARC will facilitate the host letter process (see below).

Stage 2 requires applicants to secure a minimum of 35% matching funds through cash and/or in-kind contributions.

UBC applicants have typically enjoyed success rates at or above national averages for the PG program. Past/Current UBC projects that have received SSHRC PG funding include:

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December to February
June to September – Stage 2 applicants only
October – Stage 2 applicants only
January/February – Stage 2 applicants only


Support & Resources

Project & Proposal Development Consultations

SPARC can facilitate during meetings with partners to develop various aspects of your proposal such as:

  • partnership and research development strategy;
  • project framework and governance structures;
  • team, partnership and network building and brainstorming sessions;
  • budget and in-kind/cash contributions

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Custom Consultations

SPARC can meet with you or your team to discuss the project, competition, your work plan, timelines or other information to support a successful proposal.

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Proposal Review

In partnership with UBC's grant facilitation network, SPARC can review your proposal in advance of the time to support your success. See SPARC announcements for submission details in advance of Partnership Grant deadlines.


Partnership Grant Resources

Visit our comprehensive repository of tips, templates and guidelines to support a successful application. 

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Sample Grant Library

Check out our comprehensive sample grant library and additional resources curated specifically for UBC researchers. CWL is required to view.

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Danica Kell
Research Development Officer, Social Sciences & Humanities

SPARC support services

Dr. Lisa Sundstrom
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Advisor (SSHRC), UBC
Professor, Political Science

Advocacy and advice

UBC's Grant Facilitation Network
Research support personnel based in the faculties
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Various grant support



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